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Tuesday, July 25, 2021

I hate to break it to my poli-junkie friends in Florida, but guess what: New York’s got its very own Katherine Harris.

It’s true! Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is also a Republican running for Senate, also has no shot in hell of winning, and can give Harris a run for her money in terms of campaign ineptness:

[Former Yonkers mayor John] Spencer and his allies, including state GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik, have repeatedly called on McFarland to quit the race, but she said again Thursday she wasn’t giving that notion any thought.

McFarland has attempted to use her work as a Reagan-era Pentagon official — she was a speech writer and public affairs executive there — to boost her national security credentials.

“I’ve spent my entire life in the national security field. I’m a Cold Warrior,” she said in Rochester. “We won the Cold War. We’re now at war again, the war on terror. I want to be part of the decision process to make those choices.”

Yeah, a PR flack who last worked in Washington 21 years ago is the ideal terrorist ass-kicker. And I’m sure all those cups of coffee she fetched at the DoD were crucial to taking down the Soviet Union.

The similarities with Harris’ shipwrecking odyssey are astounding:

- Both women’s state GOP leadership have pleaded for them to drop out and avoid an embarrassing trouncing;

- Both have pumped in their own funds to keep their campaigns afloat, making them look like little more than reality-detached vanity projects;

- Both claim credentials based on little more than being errand-girls for a conservative Republican powerbase;

- Both have practically no popular appeal for a Senate run.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they used the same base primer for their makeup jobs…

I’m seeing a separated-at-birth scenario here. Perhaps something good will come of this collective foolishness in New York and Florida — Katherine and Kathleen will discover each other, find out they had the same mother or father, and have a big family reconciliation! (Hey, a likelier fantasy than the two of them someday conferring in the Senate chamber…)

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/25/2006 09:17:21 AM
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  1. Pretty funny. I liked the way you put it. (You won’t remember, but you gave me your card last night at the Media Bistro thing.)

    Comment by Geoff Fox — 07/26/2006 @ 11:59:55 AM

  2. Oh, I remember — dimly (turned out to be a loooong night). I’ll probably recap it tomorrow, when I’ve got more time/energy.

    Comment by CT — 07/26/2006 @ 11:44:14 PM

  3. That is a misinformed and totally sexist post. This woman has serious credentials and she earned them. She served three U.S. Presidents, including Ronald Reagan’s Defense Department.

    Crawl back under your rock.

    Comment by NY Voter — 07/30/2006 @ 07:48:15 AM

  4. Nice try, but criticizing an out-of-her-depth clown candidate does not equate with sexism. And those credentials certainly are impressing the state GOP, aren’t they?

    Granted, McFarland isn’t quite on the same lunatic-fringe level as Harris. But it’s close enough for Empire State sensibilities.

    Comment by CT — 07/30/2006 @ 11:42:21 AM

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